Traffic congestion has been a part of city life since ancient times. Today, traffic congestion is found in cities throughout the world. It continues to increase as cities’ population and motorization grow, and public investments in roads and public transportation infrastructure have not adequately kept up with this growth.
There has been a revolution in urban transportation over the past five years—set off by start-ups across the US and internationally. Sleek, legible mobility platforms are connecting people to cars, trains, buses, and bikes as never before, opening up a range of new transportation options while improving existing ones. While many large city governments, such as Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C., have begun to embrace creative forms and processes of government, most still operate under the weight of an unwieldy, risk-averse bureaucracy.
Travelers insist more than ever on mobility, but travel at all costs is no longer an option. Now it seems the only way forward is with energy-saving transportation technologies and integrated, intelligently networked all-in-one solutions. Measurable success in protecting the climate and achieving sustainability goals are being made – but, we are a long way from the finish line. The objective of this conference is to reflect on the challenges and potential for encouraging preferred driving behaviors in New York State.